Hi, everyone! Welcome to CNET's live blog of Mark Zuckerberg's Mobile World Congress keynote!
We're in our seats waiting for the Mark Zuckerberg keynote at Mobile World Congress to begin.
It was an insane mob outside that we had to fight through to get in here, but we did it, all for you, dear readers.
We're being told that photography is going to be extremely limited through the course of this event, so apologies in advance if the visuals are a bit lacking today.
That just means we'll have to work harder to bring it to you via text.
Tim's tie today matches that of the security staff, so I think that helped us slip past the guards.
I can be stealthy when I want to.
I'll endeavour to interpret the many facial expressions of Zuckerberg in emoticons.
Welcome to Tim and Seamus who will be bringing you the news directly from the keynote in Barcelona. This is Zuckerberg's first appearance at MWC. Frankly, most keynotes here are given by carrier execs so this is a change. Zuck's presence shows how the shows is one of the most important tech events of the year.
Or, you know, just say "hey."
@PotassiumBoron is asking what the food is like in Barcelona. It's wonderful -- if you eat meat. A little bit more challenging to find good stuff if you're of the vegetarian persuasion.
In addition to watching our fine liveblog, of course.
Will we see another sucker ^H^H^H^H^H^H new partner step up to make a Facebook phone?
To set the scene a little beyond Mr. Shankland's excellent photos, we're sitting in a wide but narrow conference room which is absolutely packed with people. Folks are sitting on the floor, standing in the aisles...
Thankfully no such rumours have come to hand to suggest that's on the cards...
Don't they know the kids don't care about Facebook anymore?
We were being serenaded with a selection of greatest hits from Bob Marley when first we entered. Now it's some ambiguous indie rock sort of stuff. I am, alas, without Shazam at the moment.
I'm surprised we haven't seen violence as people claw desperately for seats as we close in on the start time. Just a few testy exchanges of firm words. Standing room only now, folks.
Y'all should have seen Seamus save a seat for our colleague from CNET Espanol. Biceps were flexed. It was impressive.
We're about six minutes out, folks. Last chance for a potty break.
The stage is set up for a one-on-one style interview, so any hopes for surprise appearances or musical performances would appear to be quashed.
Unless the musical guest is a Spanish guitarist. They sit down a lot.
Cisco reps are walking around testing the WiFi, looking unhappy. It's been in pretty rough shape all day and getting all these cellphones (and people) together in a room isn't helping.
David Kirkpatrick, author of The Facebook Effect, will be moderating the conversation. An appropriate selection.
Lights are down, music is off, here we go!
We're seeing an intro video to kick things off, natch.
Hey, loud trance music, who'd have guessed?
The dirty secret of wireless shows is that Wi-Fi and cellular connections are terrible.
Photos of people using phones for searching for things, sharing photos, bumping, scanning QR codes, paying for things, dropping them in toilets.
(I made up that last one.)
Now many shots of people in developing nations using phones. Spotted a few Asha devices in there.
Lots of numbers about how many billions there are to be made, how many people left to mobilize, etc. etc.
3.6% of the global GDP is mobile. That's... a lot of cash.